feels like fall, let’s make some chili

vegetarian chili

It’s currently 55 degrees, windy, and it definitely feels like fall here today. This turn in the weather always makes me crave a bowl of delicious, homemade, veggie chili. We’ve made a lot of chili over the years and every time we make it it’s slightly different – Ryan is an excellent cook and tends to just throw in a little bit of this and a lit bit of that and the end result is typicaly mouthwatering perfection…thus was the case with our chili today.

Here are some videos/photos I took of the process:

  • Step 1: 1 tbsp butter, 1 diced bell pepper, 1 diced onion
  • Step 2: chili seasoning, diced jalapeño (we used 4, with seeds!)
  • Step 3: 2 fresh ears of corn, 2 diced fresh zucchini
  • Step 4: ~2 tbsp semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • Step 5: 1 28oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes, 1 28oz can fire roasted crushed tomatoes – lower heat, cover, & let simmer for 15 minutes or more
  • Step 6: drain, rinse, & add the beans – 1 15oz can aduki beans, 1 15oz can black beans, 1 13.4oz can kidney beans
  • Step 7: add spices to taste – s&p, smoked paprika, & chili powder…then let simmer some more

vegetarian chili

We have three different veggie chili recipes currently on our blog, if you’re interested, and here they are:

by Valerie | 09.09.18 | Recipes | No Comments »

vegetarian meatball subs/vegan meatballs

vegetarian meatball subs #eatyourveggies #sublove #nomeatmeatballs

Ryan has always been a fan of the meatball sub, but since I don’t eat much meat at all (and what I do eat I’m very picky about) I was really excited to try making these vegan meatballs. They were delicious and did not disappoint! As you have to cook and then completely cool the quinoa in advance, and with all the steps involved from start to finish, it is a bit time-consuming…but totally worth it in my opinion.

Here’s a few videos/photos I took of the process: forming the meatballs, pan-frying the meatballs, baking the meatballs, then we added ours to some marinara sauce, we served ours as meatball subs with mozzarella and parmesan cheese, topped with fresh basil, on a baguette and toasted them in the oven to finish and melt the cheese…yum! Again, you can find the vegan meatball recipe here and I highly recommend giving it a try for yourself; this is one I think we’ll definitely make again soon.

vegetarian meatball subs #eatyourveggies #sublove #nomeatmeatballs

by Valerie | 09.09.18 | Recipes | No Comments »

goodbye to summer

garden bouquet for labor day - roses, lavender, mint, lemon balm, basil, sage #grewitmyself #gardenflowers

While it feels nothing like fall in SE Michigan today (high of 89 and 94% humidity), with Labor Day behind us and September officially here…the summer is sadly over. We filled our last few weeks of summer with attending the Ann Arbor Wayzgoose and Printing Festival, a trip to Cranbrook Art Museum where we saw the Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986 and Shepard Fairey: Salad Days, 1989-1999 exhibitions, visiting two new-to-us breweries (Atwater and Batch Brewing Co), and the start to college football season. Also, Maddy successfully completed the snoot challenge…have you seen all this cuteness?!? Pictured above is an arrangement I made with flowers and herbs from our garden – roses, lavender, mint, lemon balm, basil, and sage.

#snootchallenge

so many beautiful, wonderful things were seen at #annarborwayzgoose #a2wayzgoose #wayzgoose @aadlgram @virginwoodtype @starshapedpress @frenchpaperco @beaconandbatten

visiting my 41st Michigan brewery today #atwaterbrewery #craftbeer @atwaterbeer

Shepard Fairey: Salad Days, 1989-1999

by Valerie | 09.04.18 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Garden, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

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